Ahmed Elbatrawy

Soccer star shows improvement


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Bolton player Fabrice Muamba lies prone on the pitch after collapsing before halftime during the English FA Cup quarterfinal away to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Bolton player Fabrice Muamba lies prone on the pitch after collapsing before halftime during the English FA Cup quarterfinal away to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Players from both teams, as well as Bolton manager Owen Coyle, far right, watch as the England under-21 international is treated by medics. Players from both teams, as well as Bolton manager Owen Coyle, far right, watch as the England under-21 international is treated by medics.

Tottenham's Rafael Van der Vaart was one of many players who offered their support for Muamba via micro-blogging website Twitter.Tottenham’s Rafael Van der Vaart was one of many players who offered their support for Muamba via micro-blogging website Twitter.

The 23-year-old was carried off the pitch at White Hart Lane and taken to a hospital in London. The game was abandoned.The 23-year-old was carried off the pitch at White Hart Lane and taken to a hospital in London. The game was abandoned.

Muamba has been at the Premier League club since 2008, when he signed in an $8 million transfer from English rivals Birmingham.Muamba has been at the Premier League club since 2008, when he signed in an $8 million transfer from English rivals Birmingham.

Muamba made his name at Birmingham City, where he made a permanent move in 2007 after impressing while on loan from English Premier League club Arsenal.Muamba made his name at Birmingham City, where he made a permanent move in 2007 after impressing while on loan from English Premier League club Arsenal.

Muamba came to England in 1999 after his family left his homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo. He represented his adopted country at under-21 level at the 2009 European Championship.Muamba came to England in 1999 after his family left his homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo. He represented his adopted country at under-21 level at the 2009 European Championship.

Muamba had limited first-team opportunities at Arsenal, but appeared in a League Cup match against Reading in November 2005. Muamba had limited first-team opportunities at Arsenal, but appeared in a League Cup match against Reading in November 2005.


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(CNN) — Soccer star Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the field playing for Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, is able to breathe without a ventilator and respond to questions, according to the hospital treating him.

The 23-year-old collapsed at Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane stadium in London during an English FA Cup quarterfinal game and was treated by paramedics on the pitch.

He was subsequently taken to the London Chest Hospital where he has been in a critical condition since Saturday evening.

But a joint statement released by the hospital and Bolton on Monday evening said Muamba’s condition had marginally improved.

Soccer star Muamba still ‘critical’ after on-pitch collapse

Doctors have described Fabrice Muamba's progress since his cardiac arrest during a match on Saturday as miraculous. The Bolton star's heart stopped beating for 78 minutes after his collapse but now he is talking and joking with visitors.
Doctors have described Fabrice Muamba’s progress since his cardiac arrest during a match on Saturday as “miraculous.” The Bolton star’s heart stopped beating for 78 minutes after his collapse but now he is talking and joking with visitors.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi wore a t-shirt with a message of support for Muamba before Wednesday's game with Granada, in which the Argentina striker scored a hat-trick and became the club's leading goalscorer of all time.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi wore a t-shirt with a message of support for Muamba before Wednesday’s game with Granada, in which the Argentina striker scored a hat-trick and became the club’s leading goalscorer of all time.

Bolton announced Thursday they will fulfill their Premier League fixture with local rivals Blackburn on Saturday after postponing the midweek clash with Aston Villa. Before Blackburn's win over Sunderland on Wednesday their players offered messages of support for Muamba.Bolton announced Thursday they will fulfill their Premier League fixture with local rivals Blackburn on Saturday after postponing the midweek clash with Aston Villa. Before Blackburn’s win over Sunderland on Wednesday their players offered messages of support for Muamba.

Bolton Wanderers fans have left flowers and scarves outside the English club's Reebok Stadium in support of Muamba, while most of the playing squad have been to visit him in the London Chest Hospital.Bolton Wanderers fans have left flowers and scarves outside the English club’s Reebok Stadium in support of Muamba, while most of the playing squad have been to visit him in the London Chest Hospital.

Muamba's former teammate Gary Cahill, who left Bolton to join Chelsea in January, revealed a t-shirt honoring his ex-colleague after scoring against Leicester City on Sunday.Muamba’s former teammate Gary Cahill, who left Bolton to join Chelsea in January, revealed a t-shirt honoring his ex-colleague after scoring against Leicester City on Sunday.

Tributes were paid to Muamba from across the footballing world. Real Madrid's players took to the pitch before last Sunday's Spanish league match with Malaga wearing shirts displaying a message of support for the midfielder.
Tributes were paid to Muamba from across the footballing world. Real Madrid’s players took to the pitch before last Sunday’s Spanish league match with Malaga wearing shirts displaying a message of support for the midfielder.

Fans at Liverpool's FA Cup quarterfinal against Stoke City send their best wishes to Muamba. Supporters also chanted his name at various points during Sunday's Anfield match.Fans at Liverpool’s FA Cup quarterfinal against Stoke City send their best wishes to Muamba. Supporters also chanted his name at various points during Sunday’s Anfield match.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle (left) and chairman Phil Gartside outside the London Chest Hospital where Muamba is being treated.Bolton manager Owen Coyle (left) and chairman Phil Gartside outside the London Chest Hospital where Muamba is being treated.


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Tributes to Fabrice MuambaTributes to Fabrice Muamba

It read: “Fabrice Muamba is continuing to show signs of improvement this evening.

“He is currently able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator. He has also been able to recognize family members and respond to questions appropriately.

“These are all positive signs of progress. However, his condition remains serious and the medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him.”

Muamba was born in Zaire but was brought up in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He moved to England when he was 11.

He represented England at under-21 level and has played for English Premier League side Arsenal, as well as Birmingham City, before moving to Bolton in 2008 for a fee of £5 million ($8 million).

He collapsed after 41 minutes of the last eight tie against Tottenham, with players from both sides urging medical assistance straight away.

Fears for stricken soccer player Muamba’s recovery

Stunned supporters looked on as he was treated on the field while reports in the UK press claimed it took two hours for Muamba’s heart to start beating normally again.

Referee Howard Webb abandoned the match after consultation with players and managers from both sides. Bolton’s Premier League game with Aston Villa, scheduled for Tuesday, has also been called off.

Muamba’s manager Owen Coyle has regularly visited the hospital where he is being treated, as have players from Bolton and other Premier League clubs.

Spanish club Real Madrid carried shirts that read “Get well soon Muamba” before their draw with Malaga on Sunday, and Coyle said the player’s family were grateful for all the support they had received from around the globe.

“The message is the good will, the prayers from everybody, they are so thankful and they want to put that on record — to say ‘keep up the prayers, thanks for all the support,’ ” the Scot told reporters.

“They have been inundated as we all have, both in the football community globally and family and friends. People are taking a genuine interest and a real concern with how Fabrice is doing.

“It’s a difficult situation but the family are bearing up as well as they can. They themselves are very positive people.

Players pray for Muamba’s recovery

“You look at what Fabrice has been through in life already and you can tell that he is a fighter. He has such a fantastic smile and that’s what we all want to see again.”

Muamba’s wife Shauna took to Twitter on Monday to say: “All your prayers are working people thank u so so much. Every prayer makes him stronger. “

There have been other cases of players collapsing during soccer matches. Motherwell’s Phil O’Donnell suffered heart failure during a 2007 game against Scottish rivals Dundee United and died on the way to hospital.

The most high-profile tragedy of this kind came when Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed during a Confederations Cup semifinal against Colombia in 2003 and died in hospital.

There have been two similar incidents more recently in Spain, involving Sevilla’s Antonio Puerta in 2007 and Espanyol’s Daniel Jarque in 2009.






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